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Laminator poll

Discussion in 'Polls' started by Tony27, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. Tony27

    Tony27 New Member

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    I am about to purchase a 54 inch cold laminator with heat assist. Being there are so many to choose from I am looking for imput from the audience. Taking into consideration quality, ease, price, etc.
     
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  2. Sticky Signs

    Sticky Signs Very Active Member

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    Why do you need heat assist?
     
  3. tomence

    tomence Very Active Member

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    http://www.signoutletstore.com/d2f1bf375f2273fe4e81850bc1e5602b
    Check this laminator, it has the heat assist thing and also i saw it at an open house and worked very well, easy to use, you can adjust the height the way you want or need, you dont have to use the preset heights like the other laminators. It comes with everything you need in a laminator no other accessories to buy.
     
  4. GB2

    GB2 Very Active Member

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    You really need to set a budget for this purchase since you can get a very nice laminator, for example, in the $5000 range or you can go to the next level for $15,000. It depends on your intended use and volume. I suspect you are in the $5000 range (I wouldn't recommend anything lower than that and I definately would not recommend any Chinese import or the Daige), so let me offer the:
    Royal Sovereign RSC1400H (Possible older model #, I have not researched the newest model #s)
    5 roll holders - paper • media • laminate • liner take-up • media take-up
    Heat Assist
    Cost effective
    Excellent performance
    Excellent reliability
    Excellent support, warranty, service

    Actualy, I own this particular laminator and I never use the heat assist for general sign purposes, so depending on your specific needs, you might be able to elimininate the heat assist for some cost savings but the 5 roll holders are of critical importance.

    If you want to go to the next level, I would suggest the Seal Pro Series. For the extra $10,000 you get the brand name, supposedly easier roll holders to swap material out with, generally percived greater value, and possibly higher volume processing.

    The last thing I'd like to say at this moment is that purchasing a laminator is not like purchasing anything else. A laminator may last you many, many years. It is a simple piece of mechanical equipment that will outlast digital printers, etc. Therefore, you should anticipate your future when purchasing a laminator and purchase one that will be size appropriate for you future needs.
     
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  5. Tony27

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    thanks for the imput, it just so happens that this is one that i had intended to look at. S&F supplies in Brooklyn had given me a quote on this. Two questions, is it easy to change material and do you have to purchase a special paper to put underneath the print?
     
  6. Tony27

    Tony27 New Member

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    To eliminate the silvering.
     
  7. Tony27

    Tony27 New Member

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    thanks, good info
     
  8. fmg

    fmg Very Active Member

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    I have the Seal base 54.
    Never used the heat assist and not once encountered any silvering when laminating prints.
    This is a good all round solid unit which will take minimal experience in starting up.
    I like the fact that the gears are easliy adjustable on the rollers and has the tilt lead tray.
    Hope this helps.
     
  9. tomence

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    Very easy to use, easy to change materials, now if your print is smaller than the laminate roll then you need to buy the kraft paper, but if the rolls are matching in size you dont need the kraft paper. I just happened to be there when they laminated a whole roll of 54"x150' in one shot using the heat assist and everything came out perfect. I really like this one better over the Royal.

     
  10. Bill Modzel

    Bill Modzel Active Member

    I have a 51" laminator with a hand crank. It looks like a long ringer washer rig.
    I paid $300 for it and wouldn't trade it for a $7,000 Seal. It's fast and easy to use and most of my jobs are way less than 8' but I have applied full size prints to 4x10's too.
     
  11. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    Bill do you have a photo of it?

    Could you post it?

    TIA
     
  12. Bill Modzel

    Bill Modzel Active Member

    Here's a couple my wife just shot. The laminator itself is the blue frame. I built the off and on tables which fold down if I need any extra shop space.
     

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  13. FatCat

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    Bill, I've looked at something similar and wondered how well they work. I'm not a high volume shop so it's hard to me to justify dropping $5k+ on a laminator. Do you know the brand name of yours, and where you got it?
     
  14. Gino

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    If you haven't bought it yet.... contact Dave Phillips, a Merchant Member here [Graphics Resource Systems.... GRS], and see what deals he has available. He's fantastic to deal with and very knowledgeable. Or..... just wait for the Sign show at Atlantic City next week. They'll all have huge deals going on there.
     
  15. signsbydebbie

    signsbydebbie New Member

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    We have a 65" Royal cold.
    What I have learned....
    Have a 54" printer, get a 65" lamination machine.
    Silvering, if any, goes away in a few hours.Heat not needed.
    Royal Sovereign (at least mine ) IS MADE IN CHINA, IT SHOULD COST $1800...max.

    The Big SQueegee is the best $100 I ever spent on sign gear........
     
  16. Slamdunkpro

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    I have a Seal Base 54 but I think I'm going to ditch it and get a Base 62 or a Seal Pro 62 so I can do roll to roll.
     
  17. Sticky Signs

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    Tony,
    I'm not sure what you guys are doing, but my guess is that you don't need the heat assist. I have the Royal 55" cold laminator. I don't have any problems with it and the price was right.
    When I started shopping around, I really had my heart set on a Seal (that's what I learned on) but I after trying the Royal S I decided it was more than good enough to do what I need it to do.
    Hope this helps.
    D
     
  18. GraphixUnlimited

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    Im with Sticky on this one... ive got the 55" Royal Cold and I laminate all day long like a bat outta hell with no issues ( minor silvering but it goes away in a few hours )

    cheers eh!
     
  19. Tony27

    Tony27 New Member

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    Thanks

    Thanks to all 4 the info
     
  20. insignia

    insignia Very Active Member

    The Royal Sovereign is a great first laminator. It takes some getting used to and will test your patience at first, but they all will. Once you get it dialed in and figure it out though, they're very good and will last years.
     
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